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Henrico County iBook Sale Creates iRiot

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the not-a-pretty-sight dept.

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pikester writes "What do you get when you combine 1000 used iBooks being sold for $50 and 1000 people desperately wanting to buy them? You get an iStampede of course! Add into the mix one guy who watches too much wrestling and one gal who re-lived her first Backstreet Boys concert by wetting herself and you'll being looking for video of the whole thing. CNN has some extra details as well." From the article: "Officials opened the gates at 7 a.m., but some already had been waiting for hours in line. When the gates opened, it became a terrifying mob scene. People threw themselves forward, screaming and pushing each other. A little girl's stroller was crushed in the stampede. Witnesses said an elderly man was thrown to the pavement, and someone in a car tried to drive his way through the crowd."

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Reminds me of a song title (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332532)

"In the ghetto...."

Re:Reminds me of a song title (-1, Troll)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332643)

All the differenc a little 'i' can make. If they were simply 'books,' the only way those rioters have showed up that day was if that's where they had to pick up their welfare check.

Owned! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332535)

A little girl's stroller was crushed in the stampede. Witnesses said an elderly man was thrown to the pavement, and someone in a car tried to drive his way through the crowd."
Haha, Owned! [photobucket.com]

Crazy... (-1, Offtopic)

vwjeff (709903) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332536)

Mac users. Ducks First Post?

Re:Crazy... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332564)

i'st post

Actually ... (4, Funny)

Bearpaw (13080) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332641)

Crazy... Mac users.

Actually, I bet most of 'em were Windows users, driven around the bend by viruses, bugs, and bloat, and desperate to switch. It's the only thing that could explain it.

Re:Actually ... (1)

vwjeff (709903) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332730)

Actually, I bet most of 'em were Windows users, driven around the bend by viruses, bugs, and bloat, and desperate to switch. It's the only thing that could explain it. That and they were $50. Hell, I'd body-check an old man for a $50 iBook.

That's right ladies and gentlemen (5, Funny)

Loco3KGT (141999) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332538)

That's my state's citizens, neighbors, and friends at their best!

I couldn't be more proud.

*tear*

Re:That's right ladies and gentlemen (2, Funny)

savagedome (742194) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332582)

That's my state's citizens

Citizens of Virginia? Well, I have a globe of United States that you might be intested in buying!

Re:That's right ladies and gentlemen (1)

CharlieHedlin (102121) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332614)

Many state's residents call themselves citizens of their state. It's that way here in Texas.

Re:That's right ladies and gentlemen (2, Informative)

'nother poster (700681) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332709)

That's because they are citizens of their state. they ar also citizens of their country, county, and city. For the GP here is a definition of citizen.

citizen ( P ) Pronunciation Key (st-zn)
n.
A person owing loyalty to and entitled by birth or naturalization to the protection of a state or nation.
A resident of a city or town, especially one entitled to vote and enjoy other privileges there.
A civilian.
A native, inhabitant, or denizen of a particular place: "We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community" (Franklin D. Roosevelt).

Re:That's right ladies and gentlemen (2, Insightful)

'nother poster (700681) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332664)

I know a few of us U.S. citizens think the world revolves around us, but we usually acknowledge that the earth is a bit larger than just the U. S. :)

Re:That's right ladies and gentlemen (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332717)

Dictionary.com on citizen:
1. A person owing loyalty to and entitled by birth or naturalization to the protection of a state or nation.

      2. A resident of a city or town, especially one entitled to vote and enjoy other privileges there.

      3. A civilian.

      4. A native, inhabitant, or denizen of a particular place: "We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community"


I'd say it fits definition 4 pretty well, maybe the others.

Re:That's right ladies and gentlemen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332735)

What exactly are you trying to say? Someone who lives in a state is a citizen of that state. In trying to point out someone's ignorance of things outside the US you have just prominently displayed your ignorance of things in the US. Nice irony.

Re:That's right ladies and gentlemen (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332597)

Meanwhile, in Sudan, Ethiopia, Niger etc. many people who are starving are patiently waiting for food supplies to be handed out.

I just love how the worst in people is usually brought out by wants and desires, rather than need.

Re:That's right ladies and gentlemen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332697)

You've never seen a food riot, have you?

(Hint: I already know the answer to that. Your entire conclusion is bullshit.)

Re:That's right ladies and gentlemen (1, Insightful)

Mournblade (72705) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332715)

Virginia is not a state. It's a Commonwealth.

This story wont get many posts. (4, Funny)

deft (253558) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332541)

Everyone is at the sale...

or (1)

suso (153703) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332632)

or in jail.

First iRiot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332542)

Good to see that iCivilization means iPoliteness.

At the heart of it, we're all monkeys.

Re:First iRiot! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332603)

especially teh black people... they even still look like dem! lol!!

so... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332543)

iDontCare

Frist post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332545)

Love, Bill

HAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332549)

Who saw this one coming?

Too Cheap -Fraud and Abuse (4, Insightful)

N8F8 (4562) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332550)

The obvious point here should be that the countyr was sellign them too cheap. Wasting taxpayer dollars. They should have sold them on ebay [ebay.com] where they could have gotten much more than $50 without the liability of riots.

Re:Too Cheap -Fraud and Abuse (5, Insightful)

bnenning (58349) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332578)

Exactly. Government officials ignorant of basic economics, what are the odds?

Re:Too Cheap -Fraud and Abuse (3, Insightful)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332668)

The obvious point here should be that the county was sellign them too cheap

Exactly - this obviously wasn't an efficient marketplace. It's possible the county was doing it almost as a public service, underpricing for the citizens of the county. Of course most of those people rushing for the PCs probably plan on selling them anyways - watch for a rash of iBook auctions.

Re:Too Cheap -Fraud and Abuse (2, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332681)

This is a very sad thing. It's terrible to see people behave like this, and I also fault the authorities for failing to provide adequate crowd control.

-jcr

Re:Too Cheap -Fraud and Abuse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332683)

The taxpayers already paid for them once. Why should they have to pay twice?

Re:Too Cheap -Fraud and Abuse (3, Insightful)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332724)

The taxpayers already paid for them once. Why should they have to pay twice?

Because the underpricing doesn't benefit all taxpayers, but rather a small-subsection of them. If the county charged fair market value (which I wouldn't think would much more for a 3+ year old notebook, but the crowds say otherwise) then the funds would go in the general coffer, benefitting all taxpayers (as a tax-funded institution).

Re:Too Cheap -Fraud and Abuse (1)

Ankou (261125) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332712)

The sale was only valid for Henrico County taxpayers and citizens. That way, we who actually paid for the damn things, could get them for this rediculous price. Otherwise we would have been paying more for a laptop we already paid for.

Oh, great idea ... (1)

Bearpaw (13080) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332734)

The obvious point here should be that the countyr was sellign them too cheap. Wasting taxpayer dollars. They should have sold them on ebay where they could have gotten much more than $50 without the liability of riots.

Oh, great idea. Of course, selling them on ebay would mean that the only people who could buy them would be people who already had access to a computer. But at least they would have maximized the cash flow, which is the most important thing, right?

w00t ebay w00t (1)

PopeOptimusPrime (875888) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332553)

This is just another reason I prefer the anonymity of online auctions.

What happened to "No - rush, 10 mins"? (5, Funny)

EmperorKagato (689705) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332555)

OMG! Zerg Rush!

more information (5, Informative)

Ankou (261125) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332557)

I had submitted this article this morning, with a little more information in case people were interested here is what I had posted:
Henrico Co. Schools of VA [k12.va.us] decided to change laptop suppliers at the end of their contract with Apple, opting instead for a contract deal with Dell and Microsoft. The result was a couple thousand laptops of no use. In a first attempt, Henrico Co. [henrico.va.us] was going to sell laptops in a free for all at $50 dollars each, but subsequent meetings and enraged tax payers made them change to limiting the sale (at least this first sale) to Henrico citizens and tax payers. The sale occurred at the Richmond International Raceway [richmondra...omplex.com] where 1000 laptops would be given on a first come first serve basis with proof of residency/tax payments. The facilitators of the event decided to close the main gates of the area until 7 AM and begin the sale at 9 AM. This did little to deter people arriving as early as 1 AM and circling the area until the main gates opened. At 6:54 AM the main gates were opened and a massive stampede of over 12 thousand attendants for the event fought to be the first in line. Injuries (albeit minor according to the Times Dispatch) and chaos ensued. One unconfirmed report I was given by an attendee was of a lady who.s ankle was broken and her baby carriage trampled by the sheer number of people shoving to get through the gates. Police support was supposedly small with off duty officers working, the event planners obviously underestimating the popularity of this event. The details of the event [k12.va.us] including the specs for the iBook (12 inch, G3 500 MHz) can be seen at this posting on the Henrico Co Schools website. In the fall there is to be another sale of which no restriction will be made on buyers, but after today.s incident, one could only imagine that it will differ highly from the chaos of today. Photos of the scene can be viewed at the article in the Richmond Times Dispatch website [timesdispatch.com] .

Re:more information (1)

badmammajamma (171260) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332647)

People are trampling baby carriages for a pos laptop like that? I doubt it's powerful enough to play pr0n movies.

Sad.

Re:more information (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332690)

One thing that pops out at me is some woman actually bringing her baby to this. I mean more and more people bring their children and babies into places where they have no business being. I hope the baby wasn't injured, but I hope the mom learned her lesson too.

America's answer to... (1, Interesting)

meditation_dude (907877) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332559)

...Europe's soccer stampedes! Somehow it doesn't suprise me that it has to do with consumerism.

Re:America's answer to... (2, Informative)

kat11v (848737) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332644)

Something similar happens here in Canada during boxing day sales at Futureshop (owned by BestBuy if I'm not mistaken) and A&B Sound.

The lineups start around 5am and there's a huge rush to get in once the doors open, grab the first thing you see that is mildly appealing and buy it "cause it was on sale, see?". My sister-in-law who works as a sales-clerk at Futureshop usually comes home absolutely exhausted after the 12 hour shift that they make them work that day. The funny thing is, you can usually get better deals during regular, non-rush times of the year if you just keep an eye out for them.

Wow (4, Funny)

Fahrvergnuugen (700293) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332560)

I usually only piss myself over new apple products...

As a matter of fact... (1, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332561)

> Add into the mix one guy who watches too much wrestling and one gal who re-lived her first Backstreet Boys concert by wetting herself and you'll being looking for video of the whole thing.

As a matter of fact, no, iWont.

One each? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332563)

"What do you get when you combine 1000 used iBooks being sold for $50 and 1000 people desperately wanting to buy them?"

Looks a lot like one each to me...

on the news.. (1)

xWastedMindx (636296) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332565)

I just seen this on the news about 30 minutes ago, while channel surfing.. I think it was CNN.

Well duh, for a Mac Laptop for $50? (1)

silentbozo (542534) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332570)

I'd imagine the instant resale value on eBay would be several times the cost of the laptop. It's almost like getting something for free... and where there's a free giveaway, you should expect craziness.

Man. Imagine the carnage if they had said there (1)

multiplexo (27356) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332572)

were tickets for a Who concert available as well as iBooks.

iRiot (1)

DillMan (662725) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332577)

iDidntSeeThatComming

Shows us how far we haven't come... (4, Interesting)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332581)

Whenever someone does something like this (selling something for much less than its value) scenes like these always happen.

Ikea did this with a new store in the UK, selling a £500 sofa for £50 and mob scenes resulted, with people fighting in the aisles, people trampled and people stealing sofas off feeble old people who were unable to hang onto their purchase.

When it comes to a bargain, I'm amazed people don't pack heat before setting off for the store.

Re:Shows us how far we haven't come... (1)

RetroGeek (206522) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332671)

Ikea

That would be iKea ....

Under thought and over publicized (5, Informative)

raolin (512968) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332583)

As geeks living in the area my friends and I were interested in getting some cheap computers to set up as servers and various low intensity jobs. The local papers and Henrico County made such a huge deal over this that I am really not that surprised by the turnout. They were selling off used and discarded low end macs, and making it sound like the deal of a lifetime.

I personally think the county would have been better off finding a way to distribute them to low income families and possibly offering classes in their use, but what do I know.

Ibooks are like crack.. (5, Funny)

rice0067 (220981) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332584)

All white and promising good stuff. then you get really disappointed by the quality and want to knife your dealer.

Memo to His Steveness: (3, Funny)

Hawthorne01 (575586) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332585)

From: pschiller@apple.com
To:sjobs@apple.com

Steve,
I think we've found the perfect price point to really boost Mac sales. I'll have marketing look into it, but as best I can figure, we'll lose money on every sale, but we'll make it up in volume.

See you in Paris next month,

Phil

good god!!! (1)

Danzigism (881294) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332588)

"someone in a car tried to drive his way through the crowd."

BAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

iRiot (1)

ParticleMan911 (688473) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332591)

In related news: Microsoft files patent for iRiot trademark.

For those that went there and did that... (5, Funny)

slusich (684826) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332592)

Now you can get the tshirt too.
http://cgi.ebay.com/HENRICO-COUNTY-50-iBook-t-shir t-kicked-in-the-balls_W0QQitemZ8327177210QQcategor yZ15687QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem [ebay.com]
Seriously, they had to expect this. They should've had a more orderly way to deal with this sale.

Obligatory post ... (0)

valmont (3573) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332593)

  1. imagine a beowulf cluster of stampeding iRiotters
  2. in soviet russia, 4-year-old angry and bitter iBooks mob YOU, fierce little f|_|ckers too.
  3. ...
  4. Profit?

iDiots? (2, Funny)

BikeRacer (810473) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332594)

Come on, doesn't everyone know they found all the golden tickets already?

well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332595)

i guess this means they've sold out?

G3 or G4? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332596)

Were these G3 or G4 iBooks?

Oops.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332599)

Look what happens when you undersell something worth a lot more you dirty commie hippies.

A few obvious questions (4, Insightful)

deft (253558) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332600)

1. What about those laptops couldnt still run spelling programs? Are the kids teaching programs really running framerates they cant handle? :)

2. Who is the moron that decided that the school didnt need the $? I'm sure those laptops could have paid for quite a few of the new computers they seem to need.

3. Any left?

Disgusting (0, Flamebait)

DogDude (805747) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332602)

I'm really starting to think that money is the #1 concern in most Americans' lives right now. We see it every day with the Wal-Marts, the Best-Buys, the eBays, and anecdotal things like this. Don't people give a shit about anything other than themselves and how much crap they can acquire? I live in a small community that isn't quite as consumerist as most parts of the US, and I'm always amazed when I have to go into "the real world" and see how insane people get over money. Wow.

People can be such... (0)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332604)

iDiots

New Poll? (5, Funny)

whysanity (231556) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332606)

To get a used iBook for $50, I'd be willing to...

  • Throw an elbow
  • Crush a stroller
  • Pee myself
  • Throw an old man into the pavement

Re:New Poll? (1)

TobyWong (168498) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332654)


Nevermind the ibook, you just described an average weeknights worth of entertainment for me.

Re:New Poll? (1)

Dinny (16499) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332687)

Yeah. I actually drove by the site this morning at 7am. Just seeing the lines was enough to convince me that I didn't want any part of it. Stupid getting up early.

Um.... (5, Funny)

osrevad (796763) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332612)

What do you get when you combine 1000 used iBooks being sold for $50 and 1000 people desperately wanting to buy them?

You would get everyone living happily ever after with their iBooks. But there were actaully about 3000 people, which changes everything.

Eh... (0, Flamebait)

SmurfButcher Bob (313810) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332618)

Mac Users.

Re:Eh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332708)

Switchers.

A few weeks ago (0, Offtopic)

defile (1059) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332624)

I dragged a purple jolly rancher iMac about two miles and let me tell you, that cute little thing has the most painful plastic handle evar.

After a few blocks I picked up some newspaper to pad my poor plastic-groove indented fingers. Not that it helped much. To think: if I had waited a few weeks I could've tried my luck with a baby-stroller-crushing stampede and saved a few bucks!

( This is the pain I'm going through to bring out a Mac version of UNC drive client. You Mac people better like it. ; | )

Re:A few weeks ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332678)

I don't even know what a UNC Drive is.

It's An IBOOK!!! (1)

joeshmoe554 (893618) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332625)

I can't imagine any reasona person would do things like taht for an ibook, maybe an alienware, but not an ibook.

Re:It's An IBOOK!!! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332738)

AlienWare = overpriced computer that can only run Windows or Linux (since BSD is dead/dying).

iBook = OS X.

'nuff said.

Good times (1)

Koil (786141) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332633)

Blandine Alexander, 33, said one woman standing in front of her was so desperate to retain her place in line that she urinated on herself.

Prolly because she got smacked by the dude with the lawn chair.

Where's Darwin when you need him? (1, Troll)

ahhell (901552) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332636)

What the hell is wrong with people? Jesus..its a 4 year old computer!!! Sure it's only 50bucks but come on!! That one chick pissed herself!!! People like that should still be living in caves flinging feces at each other. People are like that here too (Winnipeg, MB). Some crappy radio station was giving away 10bucks in free gas to people. Woopdee-friggin-do!! That wouldn't even be 10litres (1.05 a litre). People waited in line for hours. I think it's time to start sterilizing people. Too much stupidity in the world.

Re:Where's Darwin when you need him? (2, Insightful)

EmperorKagato (689705) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332751)

What you may not understand is that still in the united states not many people can easily afford laptops or computers at the price range of 500 to $1000.

A $50 laptop for a low income user is very ideal.

Wonder if this'll make the county rethink switch? (2, Insightful)

Generalisimo Zang (805701) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332638)

They decided to switch from apple ibooks, to machines made by Dell... which is why they had 1000 Apple ibooks to sell.

After seeing how popular the ibooks are, I wonder if they'll rethink the change to PCs? /hugs my powerbook. //it's shiiiiny. :)

Chaos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332640)

Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria.

So whats the big deal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332648)

will it run Linux?

This is why. . . (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332655)

you should be wearing one of these [no-contact.com] when you go to these kind of events. You'll have a clear path in no time.

minorities (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332666)

I hate to say it, but most of those people aren't white. Just like compton and the LA roits. Can't black people behave like humans?

Government waste (4, Insightful)

linuxwrangler (582055) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332675)

Weren't these iBooks school district property? I guess it's good to see that the schools in Henrico County are so flush with cash that they can dump their iBooks at what is obviously below market value plus pay for whatever damages and lawsuits may result from their lack of planning.

I've been at similar mega-sales and all it took to prevent chaos was to pass out numbers to people as they arrive then let people enter in small batches. Problem solved and injuries prevented for the cost of a couple dollars of paper.

There's some useful data for Apple (1)

intmainvoid (109559) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332677)

Now Apple knows that selling at a premium gets you 5% market share if you're lucky, and that selling at $50 gets you a stampede.

Now they've just got a find a happy medium in there somewhere and they can get some market share!

you Fail I7 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332685)

at death's ddor An operating system

And Id walk all over you to see the who too! (n/t) (1)

AnotherEscobar (852831) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332686)

I said N/T dangit!

idiots... the organizers (1, Insightful)

supernova87a (532540) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332689)

To this day, I am pissed off by people who organize things like this and cannot get beyond the mechanism of having people physically waiting in line for things. Isn't this 2005 already? We do understand how to allocate things based on first come, first serve, without having to actually be there in a crowd, right?

People in charge of stuff like this never seem to forsee what's going to happen when the gates are opened. How much more effort would it be to have someone give out numbers to each person standing in line, then tell them to go away until their number is called? No one gets served without a number. Problem solved.

It's like gas rationing back in the 70s. Who was the brilliant idiot who came up with cars waiting in line for gas? Just have one person standing there taking license plate numbers and telling people when to come back at a reserved time. Is it so hard?

At the worst, crowds turn into a nightmare like in India where several dozen people were crushed to death trying to get free clothing being given out. It's ridiculous that you could be crushed to death by other people in this day and age... So even in Virginia, some semblance of order should be possible.

Re:idiots... the organizers (1)

slappyjack (196918) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332741)

Key phrase there: Even in Virginia

isnt that where AOL is/was based?

How many people showed up? (1)

Fitzghon (578350) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332691)

According Jason Coleman, a reader of the Unofficial Apple Weblog, "the estimate was that about 12,000 people showed up." On the other hand, CNN claims that "more than 1,000 people" showed up.
One of the sources is either over- or understating the number of people in the "stampede".
Who can't count here?

Fitzghon

Bananas (1)

Jerry Rivers (881171) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332692)

It sounds like the revolution scene from Woody Allen's Bananas, or Eisentein's Battleship Potempkin.

yet iNother thing to iProve (1)

slappyjack (196918) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332702)

that fucking iPeople are iSenseless, iSelfish, and most iMportantly - iStupid.

Theyre gonna be iPissed when their iOld machines don't run iAnything.

nigger (-1, Troll)

Ih8JewsAndNiggers (908116) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332704)

first post. i hate niggers. burn in hell all you jews.

Rolling on the Floor, Laughing. (1)

imstanny (722685) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332714)

"Blandine Alexander, 33, said one woman standing in front of her was so desperate to retain her place in line that she urinated on herself. Pics?

In a related story..... (1)

8127972 (73495) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332716)

...... Dozens of lawyers were seen following the ambulances carrying away the injured.

Stong buy on AAPL (1)

Maury Markowitz (452832) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332720)

You can tell the iPod craze is reaching it's peak if people are willing to beat each other up to get to _buy_ an ancient machine from the same company.

Real Live /.ing (2, Funny)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332726)

So, we have a real live meatspace slashdotting.

Sigh.

No wonder everybody steers clear of this planet.

Maybe... just maybe... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13332729)

Perhaps this will help dispel the myth of Mac users being sophisticated, educated, or classy. What a bunch of rabid buffoons.

to quote johnny Turbo, (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332731)

Oh My God!
They're Not Even Human!

As if Cabbage Patch Kid stampedes weren't enough (1)

Electric Eye (5518) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332742)

Man, how fucking CHEAP are we getting? Not only do we not give a shit about the WalMartization of the world while we kill jobs here to send to Chinese workers, but "bargains" seem to drive people into mindless frenzies. Yeah, $50 is a great deal on an iBook, but jesus h christ morons, get a grip on your lives! But, this DID happen in the "south" so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

blame the media (1)

secondchld (908114) | more than 9 years ago | (#13332748)

You can blame the media for this one. The blew this way out of proportion. From what I gathered from the county's budget, the money for these iBooks came from the state--not the county. Yet, they limited the sale to county residents only (for a period of time).
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